Postdoc with a specialization in health promoting outdoor environments

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In times of urbanization and densification, rules and tools are used to design residential areas that preserve and develop health-promoting outdoor environments. But how do rules safeguard the quality of the outdoor environment? We are looking for a postdoc who will be part of a research team and test, evaluate and critically discuss whether and how existing green space rules and tools can help municipalities design health-promoting residential areas.

About the position

This postdoc will be part of the research project “RULES AND TOOLS – safeguarding neighbouring green space for human health and well-being” hence, the postdoc will work closely with researchers from SLU and Nordregio in collaboration with Uppsala municipality. The postdoc will focus on data collection, analysis and writing. Methods that will be applied are interviews, GIS spatial analysis techniques and fieldwork/analysis in Uppsala.

Your profile

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in landscape architecture or related discipline such as urban design, planning and geography. Excellent skills in written and oral communication in English are required, however, as the empirical work will take place in Uppsala and includes assisting in qualitative interviews, Scandinavian language skills are also necessary. Knowledge in both qualitative methods and GIS is desirable. Experiences with writing and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals are required and a strong publication record is meriting. Emphasis is placed on personal qualities such as excellent collaborative skills, being creative and independent with the ability to meet deadlines. The position is intended for a junior researcher and we are primarily looking for someone who has completed their doctorate preferably no more than three years ago.

About us

At the Department of Urban and Rural Development, we conduct undergraduate education, doctoral education, research, and collaboration across five divisions: Agrarian History, Landscape Architecture, Rural Development, Environmental Communication and the Division of Political Science and Natural Resource Management. This division includes Sida's Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change and the SLU Swedish Biodiversity Centre (CBM). Additionally, we house the SLU Center for Nature Interpretation (CNV). As the largest department within the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) for social sciences, humanities, and design, our focus lies on questions related to the sustainable use of natural resources and landscapes in our research, teaching, and collaborative efforts. The department is comprised of approximately 180 dedicated individuals.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months.



Start date:

As agreed. Preferably starting in January 2025.


Please submit your application before deadline 30th of August 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

Please write your application in English and include the following:

  • cover letter with your research expertise and a motivation for why you apply for this position (max 2 pages);
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • contact details to two reference persons
  • copy of relevant certificates

  • Union representatives:

    The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

    SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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